The Richmond Police Weigh In on Taser-Wielding Rob Walker

This morning a member of the Public Affairs Unit, Richmond Police Department, contacted me in reply to a request for information concerning reports that VCU film student Rob Walker fended off two individuals intent upon vandalizing the Jefferson Davis monument in Richmond until police arrived and took the two individuals, both of whom had been tased by Walker, and handcuffed them.

What does the Richmond Police Department have to say about this tale, including a claim that a 911 call was made (all 911 calls are recorded)?

“We can find no record of such an incident ever occurring.”

That might help explain why there’s no record of it and no report of it anywhere other than in the breathless prose of one Susan Hathaway.

Interesting.  Draw your own conclusions.

It appears that the credibility of the Confederate heritage movement as personified by the Virginia Flaggers may be a victim of friendly fire from Ms.Hathaway’s volley. How appropriate given the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the wounding and death of Stonewall Jackson.

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15 thoughts on “The Richmond Police Weigh In on Taser-Wielding Rob Walker

  1. It never passed the smell test. Something like this would have most likely even made it to the Washington Post Metro section. As I said previously, this not being Florida or Texas, unless someone’s safety is in danger, the police here want you to call 911 and stay the heck away. Someone making a “citizen arrest” in Virginia would be big news. I have never heard of it occurring in recent memory.

  2. Maybe he accidentally dialed 811, and was confused when they showed up and detained the two invididuals for unauthorized digging.

  3. I will say that it seemed “too good to be true.” But let’s not get hasty. We might be talking about a simple story over embellished. But, as you have rightly pointed out, the phone call to the police and Rob Walker waiting subduing two criminals waiting on police response, is false.

  4. Good afternoon all,
    We did indeed check all of our records as well as with our colleagues at Capitol Police, who protect some of the monuments, and we have no record of this incident ever occurring.

    Additionally, we have spoken with Mr. Walker and he told us this incident never occurred.

    Anyone who has any further questions can contact Third Precinct Captain Yvonne Crowder at 646-1412.
    Dionne Waugh, Richmond Police Public Affairs Unit

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